Thanksgiving Cactus – Schlumbergera Truncata/Everything You Need To Know

Which are your favorite cacti plants for indoor planting?

The Thanksgiving cactus can easily slide into any cactus lover’s list of favorites. From a beautiful blooming season to being easy to grow, you will never get it wrong with a Schlumbergera Truncata plant.

This article will take you through the essential facts of the Thanksgiving cactus. Read on to find out more about how to best care for this plant. You will also find what to expect during different eventualities.

Thanksgiving Cactus Schlumbergera Truncata
A thanksgiving cactus in a green planter @___lia_toha

Introducing the Thanksgiving Cactus

The Thanksgiving cactus plant is a tropical cactus with its native home being in the gigantic rain forests of South America. If you happen to own the tropical plant, never treat it like the rest of the desert cacti plants. In its native land, you will find it perched on trees, which makes it epiphytic.

The naming of this plant is pretty amazing as it dons a long list of nicknames. The equally amazing cactus plant belongs to the Cactaceae family, Schlumbergera genus, and Truncata plant species.

Be sure to also check out “What Adaptations Does a Cactus Have?” to see how a cactus can adapt to different environments.

Some nicknames for Schlumbergera Truncata are

  • Crab cactus
  • Yoke cactus
  • Linkleaf plant
  • Claw cactus

Don’t be surprised to hear some succulent lovers referring to the Thanksgiving cactus as a holiday cactus. Of course, Thanksgiving is a holiday. But there is a twist as holiday cacti plants are formed by an exciting group of plants that bloom over different holidays.

To differentiate the Thanksgiving cactus from other holiday cactus, look out for its physical appearance and blooming time. Its closest sibling the Christmas cactus dons smoothness and scalloped stems. The lateness in blooming also sets it apart from the Thanksgiving cactus.

The appearance of the Thanksgiving cactus is highlighted by indented stems that have the look of a crab’s claws hence its names, the crab cactus, and claw cactus. The rain forest succulent’ stems have a midrib that connects different segments.

Check out why so many people flock to the cacti plants species as their go-to succulent choice, check out “What Is Special About A Cactus?” for more.

Thanksgiving Cactus Schlumbergera Truncata
A large thanksgiving cactus @dkerr96

Caring for the Epiphytic Thanksgiving Cactus

What are the right conditions for growing a Schlumbergera Truncata? Here are the correct standards for caring for your tropical rainforest cactus as you look forward to the petals of its beautiful flowers.

1. Watering

Watering the epiphytic cactus will utterly need not to leave your cactus sogged in too much water. A dry growing medium will make it wither or dry up while too much water encourages fungal attacks. Water your plant minimally when Fall sets in through Spring.

2. Humidity

High humidity levels characterize the tropical rainforests of South America. The tall trees that form huge canopies help in maintaining the high humidity. Your plant will happily grow and bloom if you can achieve an average of 50% humidity around it. A pebble tray will work just fine enough to reach the optimal humidity levels.

3. Temperature

By now, you must have noticed that that the right conditions for the Thanksgiving cactus mimic its origin. Temperature is not an exception. The required daytime temperatures are 16-18°C, while the nights need temperatures of between 7-13°C. These ranges are perfect when waiting for the plant to bloom. When budding, daytime temperatures should be 21-24°C and 16-21°C nights.

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4. Soil

All cacti plants thrive in well-drained soils, and the Schlumbergera Truncata is not any different. Soils that retain too much water encourage fungi. Your succulent will do even better if you incorporate a soluble fertilizer into the soil. Adding fertilizer can be done per fortnight only when the plant is growing until the blooms are no more.

Try making your own succulent soil at home by checking out “How to Make Your Own Succulent Soil at Home“.

5. Propagation

The Thanksgiving cactus is everything about ‘thanks.’ The plant is easy to propagate, making it a beautiful little gift for your loved ones. They will be saying lots of thank you.

So how do you propagate the Thanksgiving cactus?

Use a sharp and sterile cutting object when making your cut of its segmented stems. Ensure that you take 2-3 segments with you and ensure that it is a clean cut. Allow the cut surface to be callous for some days before putting on a well-draining growing medium.

6. Light

Thanksgiving cactus do well when exposed to bright light.

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Thanksgiving Cactus Schlumbergera Truncata
A flowering thanksgiving cactus @happygreenguys

The Thanksgiving cactus is a fantastic plant to have around you. Growing it will never get you disappointed.

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All You Need to Know About Echinopsis Cactus- Succulent Lovers

Echinopsis cactus is for the prickly cacti lovers.

This article goes deep down to each detail of the Echinopsis genus and its over 100 species. It is a guide to everything that you need to understand about one of the largest species of cacti plants.

All You Need to Know About Echinopsis
For Echinopsis Lovers @bitkidunyasix_

Introducing The Echinopsis Cactus

This amazing Echinopsis cactus plant has its origin in South America. The plant is sometimes referred to as the hedgehog cactus, Easter lily cactus, or sea urchin cactus. By now you might have understood that the Echinopsis genus is spiky or prickly appearance gives it the nicknames. It is a plant that is densely covered with spines.

The Echinopsis represents a genus that is one of the biggest with 128 species. The genus is home to plants species of different sizes. There are large-sized plant species and small-sized species too.

What is common in all of these plants is the beautiful flowers present in each. The giant flowers (4-6 inches in size) are often multicolored with a beautiful blend. The colors and types of flowers can vary from the original Echinopsis thanks to the extensive hybridizing done on the plants.

Did you know that unlike most cacti that produce a single flush of flowers annually, Echinopsis plants produce blooms of flowers as long as the temperatures during the day hit 21-degree Celsius?

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Introducing Echinopsis Cactus @bitkidunyasix_

Where to Grow The Echinopsis Cactus

If you are interested in growing an Echinopsis cactus in your yard, worry less if you experience temperatures of over 21C/70F. If you’re not interested in the flowers, you can still grow them in any environment.

The high temperatures are only good for the continuity of flowering throughout the year.

During cold winters the plants go dormant. However, you may need to take them inside when the bite of the cold is too much to avoid their succulent water-filled bodies from freezing also. Check out “Summer & Winter Succulents: What’s the Difference?” for a full guide to understanding different succulents during different seasons.

Ask most growers of the beautiful hedgehog cactus, and they will tell you the cold season is vital for a great blooming during the summer.

Just like any other plant, avoid soaking the roots in water-filled soil. If you keep your cactus plant in a pot, ensure that they are shed from direct rains.

For more succulent options during the warm weather, check out “10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer“.

All You Need to Know About Echinopsis
They are Great for Your Outdoor and Indoors @mafamilledecactus

Soils & Potting

Cactus species need well-drained soils. High water retention for far too long is a great enemy of the plant’s roots that will end up rotting, in turn, killing your plant.  You can loosen up your potting mix by using perlites and pebbles. It is advisable to add a top sand layer at the base of the plant. You will create abrasiveness that much supports pup formation.

When going for your favorite pot, consider its ability to drain any excess water. The containers can be of any size since the roots of an Echinopsis plant are shallow.

In any case, you are wondering whether Echinopsis species thrive in the ground, the answer is yes. But wait, won’t you like to move your plant around? What if its winter and your plant freezes? Potting solves all these issues.

Watering

What season is it?

Summers are hot, and the plants are growing and blooming. What this means is that the sea urchin cactus will enjoy more water when blooming or growing. During winter and fall, the species is dormant or semi-dormant. They will be better off with little watering to keep them going until the next summer.

The factors affecting the frequency of watering vary from the type of soil used, weather, pot size and design.  To ensure you hit the nail on the head, stick a pencil into your pot and see how much water sticks to its surface. It is always watering time when the pencil surface comes out with little or no water.

The Echinopsis cactus is from the highland mountains of South America. The plants will enjoy more water than they will enjoy a dry pot. Flood the whole container till all the soil is caught up with the water.

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All You Need to Know About Echinopsis
They Came from The Highland Mountain @tara_desert

Exposure to Sunlight

Too much of anything is poisonous. Not even the prolonged hot and light-filled days can be spared; they can quickly realize a sunburnt plant.

So, how long should my hedgehog cactus plants be exposed to the sun?

The sun is great for growing plants and the flowering periods. Maximizing on the amount of sunlight that your species will be enjoying will make them more productive. To evade the sunburns, watch out for discoloration on the surface of the plant. If you notice the same, take action and reduce the exposure to the sun.

Separating Pups From The Mother

One of the funniest experiences of the sea urchin cactus is seeing flowers more prominent than the plant itself.

What About Pups?

Some of the Echinopsis species are generous with pups while some find it hard to yield so many of them. Here are some neatly arranged tips for you to follow when pupping.

  1. Separate the pups only when it is the growing times with temperatures above 21-degree Celsius.
  2. Let the pups grow one inch or more in size before separating them.
  3. Pups with wounds (site for attachment to the mother) will require to heal before replanting. Expose the sores to dry under the sun for 7-10 days — no watering during the healing time.
  4. Plant your pups in the same soil mix as the mother.
  5. When finally in the soil, water generously as the baby pups have little or no roots for water absorption.
All You Need to Know About Echinopsis
Types of Echinopsis Species @kaewcactus

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